|The workout clothes at the Westin|
I was a little grossed out by the idea - I approach rental bowling shoes with trepidation - but the clothing I got was completely clean and hardly used. Plus, the sneakers get new insoles after each use, so there's no weird sweat smell.
The lending program is a partnership with New Balance, so all the gear is their brand. And it comes in a mesh laundry bag to leave in your room. I tried out the program at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, where I was staying for the North American International Auto Show.
|New Balance running shoes and laundry bag|
The socks were another matter. I like that you get to keep the socks - but why send a woman men's socks? They were too big and not very padded.
One thing that I really loved - I didn't have to bring home gross sweaty clothes. Not that MY clothes stink, but my husband is one of those guys who is just dripping after a few minutes of exercise and even when he puts his gym clothes in a plastic bag, the whole suitcase reeks. It's almost worth the $5 to save our luggage.
If you are a serious athlete, you will want your own workout clothes, but for almost any causal athlete, these are a great solution.
My only question is - how about a swimsuit rental program? There was an empty pool, and I had no suit...